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No. 5 Women's Golf Heads To Ann Arbor For Wolverine Invitational

Sept. 27, 2006

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Two weeks after winning the Lady Northern Invitational, the No. 5 Michigan State women's golf team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the Wolverine Invitational, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. A total of 10 teams from four different conferences makeup the 2006 field, playing 54 holes over two days. The event will be held at the par-71, 6,036-yard U-M Golf Course. The tournament begins with 36 holes on Saturday and concludes with the final round on Sunday.

The last time Michigan State competed in the Wolverine Invitational it also won the team title, capturing the crown in 1998 with a two-round total of 626 (316-310). The Spartans have won the Wolverine Invitational on two other occasions - 1983 and 1984.

Of the 10-team field, five schools represent the Big Ten, with four of those receiving national rankings. Joining No. 5 Michigan State are No. 22 Michigan, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 21 Ohio State and unranked Indiana. All four conference opponents also competed at the Lady Northern earlier this season.

Non-conference teams scheduled to compete at this weekend's event include Baylor, Eastern Michigan, Oklahoma, Southern Methodist and Toledo.

"We are excited to tee it up again," MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said. "We are coming off a big win and have had some time to tune-up the areas we wanted to improve on, so we are ready. This is a tough 10-team field and we want to take advantage of this opportunity as we may see this course again later down the road in the regional tournament."

Leading the Spartans into their second event of the fall season is freshman Laura Kueny. Currently ranked No. 33 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index individual rankings, Kueny is coming off of a fourth-place finish in her first collegiate tournament, the Lady Northern.

Junior Sara Brown and seniors Mandi McConnell and Heather Rose will also compete for the Spartans. All three finished tied for fifth place at the Lady Northern and are currently tied at No. 64 in the nation, individually.

Rounding out MSU's lineup will be junior Jordyn Wells. Wells turned in an 11th-place performance at the Spartans' first tournament of the season, competing as an individual. Filling the individual spot in this weekend's event will be junior Kristen Polanski, who finished tied at 52nd in the Lady Northern.

Play begins Saturday at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start, as does Sunday's final round. Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.GolfStat.com.

 

 

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